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According to officials in New York, the state’s legislature was targeted in a cyberattack that impacted its computer systems, stalling critical budget negotiations. 

Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed that the attack was detected early Wednesday, triggering a quick response from cybersecurity teams. This incident comes as lawmakers grapple with an already delayed budget process, now forced to revert to outdated technology to maintain operations.


The cyberattack specifically disrupted the legislature’s bill drafting office, which is crucial for finalizing the state budget. With the official deadline missed by 17 days, this office has had to rely on a computer filing system from 1994, long since abandoned for more modern solutions. Speaking on WNYC radio, Governor Hochul explained that the recovery might take some time due to the volume of data involved in legislative processes.

To the contrary, State Senate Democrats’ spokesperson, Mike Whyland, said that the cyberattack had not delayed the budget’s progress. 

This comes as there have been growing concerns in the United States regarding cyber threats, especially against critical infrastructure. The Biden administration has warned about the vulnerabilities of national water and wastewater systems to similar attacks.


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